Talking Points: Go inside for some outdoor hockey

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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For those of you with Presidents Day off, here’s something to occupy your afternoon.

How about a daylight hockey game at the Memorial Coliseum?

The Portland Winterhawks are hosting the Prince George Cougars at 3 p.m. and the curtains inside the Glass Palace will be open to give the game an outdoor feel.

For hockey fans (and players), there is nothing better than an outdoor game ... even if it’s inside.

The Winterhawks are tied for first with the Tri-City Americans in the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League.

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If you are the owner of a sports team, shouldn’t you like the sport you are involved in?

Or at the very least, pretend a little harder?

The billionaire owner of a struggling Australian soccer team derided his club as insignificant and the league as a “joke.”

What’s more, he says he doesn’t even like soccer.

Mining magnate Clive Palmer is the owner of Gold Coast United of the Australia A-League. He has been a regular critic of Football Federation Australia.

He told the Sunday Mail newspaper that soccer is a “hopeless game -- rugby league’s a much better game.”

We suppose that if your team is in last place and rarely attracts crowds exceeding 5,000 (as reported by The Associated Press), then yeah, Mr. Palmer probably needs to find a new hobby.

But it also brings up the question: Why did this guy buy the team in the first place?

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